The other night I wanted a rice bag/heating bag so badly because I was freezing and it was time to turn the heat down and go to bed. I looted the mismatched socks pile in the laundry room and found a single, long gym sock. I filled it just over half full of raw, white rice, tied a knot at the end, and threw that baby in the microwave for two and a half minutes. Ahh! Suddenly the coldest room in the house got a lot warmer.IMG_7375web
I plan on sewing a few heart shaped rice bags for the kids for Valentine’s Day. I’ll post a few pictures and a quick tutorial when I do.

If you don’t know what a rice bag is, here’s a quick description:  It’s a cloth bag filled with raw, white rice that can be put in the microwave, then used as a heating pad for sore muscles or to warm you up on a cold night.  You can use them over and over for months (or years!).  To heat in the microwave, start with one minute and add on time depending on how big the bag is and how hot you want the rice.  For reference, I heated the sock for 2.5 – 3 minutes.  You don’t want to scorch or burn the rice inside the bag.  (It would still be usable, but makes the microwave smell bad.)

  1. Cindy

    That shape looks perfect for a sore neck and shoulders. The sock is hilarious.

  2. Edith

    I sewed up a rectangle rice bag, then sewed four divided sections to pour the rice into. If I heat it for 2 1/2 minutes it will stay warm in the foot of my bed until I fall asleep. My feet are the hardest thing to warm up so this is the best!

  3. Beth

    I know Cindy!!! It is funny. My kids look at me funny when I heat it up but seriously having that shape is great! You can hang it around your neck, drape it across your lap or your feet. It’s great :0

  4. Beth

    Me too Edith – at my feet in bed is my favorite :)

  5. Pam

    Rice bags are a necessity at our house in the winter. I had to make up a few more a few days ago.

  6. Sue

    My neck and shoulders have been killing me this past week or so. I’ll be trying one of these tonight!

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